Review: THE REPUBLIC OF FOOTBALL by Chad S. Conine

THE REPUBLIC OF FOOTBALL
Legends of the Texas High School Game
by
Chad S. Conine
Genre: Texas Sports History / Biographies
Date of Publication: September 6, 2016
Publisher: University of Texas Press
# of pages: 288
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Anywhere football is played, Texas is the force to reckon with. Its powerhouse programs produce the best football players in America. In The Republic of Football, Chad S. Conine vividly captures Texas’s impact on the game with action-filled stories about
legendary high school players, coaches, and teams from around the state and across seven decades. 

Drawing on dozens of interviews, Conine offers rare glimpses of the early days of some of football’s biggest stars. He reveals that some players took time to achieve greatness—LaDainian Tomlinson wasn’t even the featured running back on his high school team until a breakthrough game in his senior season vaulted him to the highest level of the sport—while others, like Colt McCoy, showed their first flashes of brilliance in middle school. In telling these and many other stories of players and coaches, including Hayden Fry, Spike Dykes, Bob McQueen, Lovie Smith, Art Briles, Lawrence Elkins, Warren McVea, Ray Rhodes, Dat Nguyen, Zach Thomas, Drew Brees, and Adrian Peterson, Conine spotlights the decisive moments when players caught fire and teams such as Celina, Southlake Carroll, and Converse Judson turned into Texas dynasties.
“This is a wonderful, well-written book, full of compelling details and stories. A ‘must read’ for any Texas football fan.” —DAVE CAMPBELL Dave Campbell’s Texas Football
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review
Proof that Texas is, in fact, the Kingdom of Football.
In this fantastic collection of interviews and articles, journalist Chad S. Connie details the many stories and legends that make Texas the High School Football capital of the world.  The fresh approach to history through storytelling captures the sense of importance football has in this State, and how its evolution has shaped the communities and even the legislature here.  A wonderful book for all football lovers, especially those who love Texas!
Highly Recommended.
Conine is a freelance sports journalist who has written for the Sports Xchange, Reuters, and Golf.com, among others.
He has been covering Texas high school and college football since the late 1990s.
He lives in Waco, Texas.
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  September 5 – 19, 2016

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